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Open de France

Frenchman Remesy wins French Open

After 35 years without a native winner, the Open de France finally went to a Frenchman on Sunday, namely Jean-Francois Remesy.
Carrying a three stroke lead over Richard Green into the final round, Remesy dropped two shots in the first three holes allowing the Australian to get within one stroke but that was as close as he got. Remesy didn't drop another shot after that and went on to recover his dropped shots and win by a seven stroke margin. The win moved him up to fourth on the Volvo Order of Merit and also makes him a serious contender for the European Ryder Cup team.


Remesy with the trophy.
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Richard Green.
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Green stayed in contention for the remainder of the front nine but dropped three shots in quick succession after the turn which put an end to his challenge. He recorded a 4-over par 75 to finish as runner-up but his second place had to be shared with another left-handed Australian, Nick O'Hern.
O'Hern extended his run of consecutive top five finishes to three and has now finished sixth or better in six of his eleven starts on the European Tour this season. While his first Tour win remains elusive, his solid performances continue to impress. He dropped just one shot on the first hole on Sunday then proceeded to make four birdies for a 69 and a second place total of 279.


Nick O'Hern.
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Graeme McDowell.
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Two shots further back, tied in fourth place, were Jonathan Lomas (69) and Graeme McDowell (64). Irishman McDowell started the day in 30th place but leapt into the top five with his 7-under par final round which also set a new course record for the remodelled layout at Le National Golf.
 

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